Beef Blues Stew
(B. Strayhorn / D.
Spot Five Blues
(Weston / K. Dorham)
LIVE AT THE FIVE SPOT
The scene for Randy Weston's Open House was the Five Spot Cafe in
Manhattan. The time, a rather dreary Monday in the fall of the year, and
the setting about as wild a scene as you will ever make.
The live performance recording was scheduled for that same evening, but
Coleman Hawkins was somewhere high in the skies between Chicago and New
York; Roy Haynes was taking a similar route through the sky from Boston,
and Wilbur Little and his bass were last heard from in Washington, D.C.
hospitalized in California, had air-mailed her arrangements for the date -
but they had not as yet been delivered.
At 9:30 p.m. the missing musicians began to gather - Hawkins and Haynes
from their respective flights, Little from his train.
Shortly thereafter the missing arrangements were delivered, and a tall,
rather relieved Randy Weston passed out the music. There was no rehearsal
- very little warm-up.
The results are on this album - and you can wrap them up in just two words
>>>> Fabulous Musicianship.